Summer Camps

2019 Youth Classics Camps (Ages 9-12)

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Meet the Romans!

Meet the Romans introduces youth to ancient Roman civilization. Learn about gods, heroes, and monsters, gladiators and chariot-racing, and real Roman artifacts here on campus. Put on your toga and armor as you create your own Roman arts and crafts, excavate artifacts, engineer (chocolate) roads, play Roman games and sports, throw a Roman banquet, and learn some Latin, too. (Attention parents: Latin is a great way to boost advanced English vocabulary. Over 90% of English words of more than two syllables come from Latin.) Carpe Diem.

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Dates: June 3-7, June 10-14, and June 17-21, 2019 (different activities each week)
NEW camp just added! June 24-28, with new activities!

Times: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm (June 3-7, 10-14); 1:00 - 5:00 pm (June 17-21, 24-28)

Ages: 9-12

Class size: 7-15 students

Instructor: Emma Starr (lead) + TBA (aide)


Meet the Greeks!

"Meet the Greeks" introduces kids to ancient Greek civilization. Learn about Greek mythology, the Olympic games, Greek warfare & daily life, and what happens to a Greek hero when he doesn't listen to an oracle. Try wearing Greek clothing and check out ancient toys. You will create your own Greek arts and crafts and learn a little language too. You do not have to be Percy Jackson to write your own name in cool Greek letters and read simple stories in ancient Greek. (Attention parents: Greek roots abound in English, especially in technical vocabulary. They are not hard to identify once kids know the basics, for an English vocabulary boost.)

Dates: June 3-7, June 10-14, and 17-21, 2019 ( different activities each week)
NEW camp just added! June 24-28, with new activities!

Times: 1:00 - 5:00 pm (June 3-7, 10-14); 8:30 am - 1:30 pm (June 17-21, 24-28)

Ages: 9-12

Class size: 7-15 students



Instructors: Instructors hold or are completing a BA/MAT/MA/PhD in Classics. For further information, see the Directory page on this website.

Cost: $130/week, plus $40 materials and registration processing fee. Sibling discount available. Minimum registration is one week half-days.

Curriculum: Our language learning goal areas are novice mid level (one week) or novice high level (two or more weeks) as per the Standards for Classical Language Learning, in compliance with ACTFL World Readiness Standards).

Location: On the University of Illinois Main Campus (building TBA). Campers will walk to other campus locations, including the University Quad and Spurlock Museum.

Lunch: Lunch supervision provided for children who register for the full day.

*NEW* for 2019: Lunch is provided this year!

We are excited to let you know that Youth Classics Summer Camp is collaborating with the University of Illinois Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition to provide free, healthy lunches to all enrolled campers. The lunches are provided as a part of a research study. We hope that your child will participate in the study, but your child is welcome to a free lunch each day they are enrolled in the Youth Classics camp even if he/she does not take part in the study. 

Questions: Contact Classics Camps director Ariana Traill

Staff: Meet the Instructors (coming soon)

Summer Camp 2019 Forms (to be submitted on first day of camp)
Camper Information Form
Permission for Medication Administration Form
Photo Permission Form
Camp Waiver Form
Time for Lunch Letter to Parents
TFL Camper Information Form
TFL Parent Consent Form